From the Graduate School

Grad Writing Group Challenge

Meet your writing goals this winter by bringing colleagues together and joining the Grad Writing Group Challenge! The challenge is for you to form a peer-to-peer writing group and meet with them at least four times in February.

Whether you are forming a group to work on your thesis or dissertation, grant or job applications, or coursework, we hope these meetings get you motivated to write. We created a quick start guide to help get your group going and includes how to give writing feedback.

All registered groups who complete the challenge will be entered to win a free bag of goodies from the Graduate School and two lucky winners will get a $25 gift card.

Ready to write? Read the quick start guide and register your group on our website.


Reminder about prospective students visiting classrooms

As in prior years, prospective graduate students will visit OSU to help them decide whether OSU is the best place for them to pursue their graduate education. We recommend you include the information below on your Canvas site and on your syllabus to help address FERPA regulations.

“During the term, we may on occasion have a prospective student in the classroom. If this concerns you from a privacy perspective, please let me know so I can give you advanced notice.”


Virtual drop-in hours for newly admitted students

Ashleigh Anderson, Director of Graduate Success, is hosting virtual drop-in hours for new graduate students. Please feel free to drop-in with questions as you start your graduate program at OSU.

  • Jan. 6 - 4 to 5 p.m. PST, Zoom link, Password: 12345
  • Jan. 13, 9 to 10 a.m. PST, Zoom link, Password: 12345

Additionally, you can watch the recordings from our fall orientation on our videos page.


Thesis and dissertation writing course - seats still available

WR 599Dissertation writing. (3 credits, Corvallis.)

This course assists students who are in the writing stages of their thesis or dissertation. We will first identify the expectations in your respective fields, analyze the ways they are met through writing, and finally, execute an achievable plan to meet—and ideally, exceed—those expectations. This course also emphasizes the cultivation of productive, healthy habits of writing, which necessarily includes strategies for self-assessment and for managing the mental and physical stresses that accompany such a major project. We will engage in some group discussion, two workshops, and numerous individual conferences with the instructor.


GRAD courses for winter term including GTA support

GRAD 512 - Current issues in higher education. (3 credits, online.) Designed for students who are pursuing careers in a university setting, this course exposes current, relevant issues in higher education.

GRAD 513 - Professional development in college and university teaching. (1–3 credits, online.) Self-directed learning experience, providing structure and context for professional development opportunities in teaching, such as workshops, seminars, webinars, symposia, and other relevant programming.

GRAD 599 – Grad teaching seminar. (1 credit, repeatable, online.) A just-in-time pedagogy and teaching support course for Graduate Teaching Assistants.


Thesis and Dissertation Completion Awards open for spring term nominations

The Graduate School is pleased to offer the Thesis Completion Award and the Dissertation Completion Award to support outstanding domestic or international master's or doctoral students who are in the final stages of their work.

These awards are offered on a quarterly basis and are useful in situations where graduate assistantship opportunities do not exist or where grant funding is insufficient to fund the student's final term. The intent is to enable students to focus on research and writing with the goal of improving the quality of their work and expediting time to degree completion.

Nomination period: Jan. 31 to Feb. 28, 2022

Find a complete list of Graduate School competitive awards.


SYLFF award accepting nominations

The Oregon Sylff Fellowship for International Research program aims to identify and nurture leaders who will overcome differences in nationality, language, ethnicity, religion, and political systems to tackle global issues, and whose high integrity and drive to address issues unique to their respective countries can make a real difference. Award recipients must be doctoral students who have matriculated at Portland State University, Oregon State University, or the University of Oregon who possess high potential for leadership in international affairs, in public life or private endeavor.

Outstanding doctoral students will be considered through nomination by their respective graduate department or program. Departments and graduate programs must state their own (or their institution's) commitment to financial support of nominees.

On average, 6–10 awards in total are made annually across the three eligible institutions.

Sylff recipients receive annual stipends of $15,000 to aid with educational and research-related expenses.

All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2022.

Learn more about the Sylff award.


Graduate Student Commons in winter term

Located on the sixth floor of the Valley Library, the Graduate Student Commons provides a place to meet-up, work together, and relax. The Grad Commons also coordinates services for grad students from our in-house and campus partners.

Services offered winter term (week 2 to week 10):

  • Writing help - The Graduate Writing Center will be open for consulting during the winter 2022 term 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. They will begin answering appointment requests a week earlier on Jan. 3. Individual appointments are available in-person or on Zoom and should be scheduled in advance. To schedule an appointment, please visit our website.

    • ++ There are a few seats remaining in the winter term graduate writing groups. If interested, please contact Chris Nelson (Graduate Writing Center Coordinator) directly at [email protected].

  • Short Format Statistical Consulting - Stats got you stuck? Online consulting is available to students working on projects. Get help designing or analyzing your next study. To learn more and sign up for a consultation, please visit the statistics consulting website.

  • CAPS single session clinic - Meet with a counselor for a one-time only session to discuss a current problem or concern. The counselor will help you clarify your problem and work with you to develop skills and strategies to create a personalized action plan.


From our partners

Research data management planning workshop

Do you create or use data in your research? Looking for tips and tools to better help you manage and share your data? The OSU Library is offering Introduction to Research Data Management Planning, an asynchronous online workshop for OSU community members, Jan. 24-27, 2022. Register.


President's Commission on the Status of Women invites applications

The President's Commission on the Status of Women invites applications for funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research or other opportunities that support PCOSW's mission.

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 4.

Questions? Contact [email protected]


OSU Library Zoom trainings for graduate students

Visit the full workshop calendar.


Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks from the Center for Teaching and Learning

CTL is excited to announce our temporarily, fully remote Tuesday Teaching +Tech Talks (T4)!

T4 is a certificated series of interactive teaching workshops that introduce a wide range of pedagogical techniques and educational technology. T4 is open to all OSU community members. Whether your course is remote, blended, on-campus only, or Ecampus our sessions will have something for you!

Winter 2022 sessions are held via Zoom every Tuesday, 10-11:50 a.m. Recordings will be available the following Friday. Registration is not necessary, attend one, some, or all. Check out the T4 Website for the schedule, Zoom and resource links, and information on how to earn a non-credit certificate of completion!

We look forward to seeing you at our first session on Jan. 4, Onward to Better: Teaching and Learning in winter '22.


Upcoming webinars and conference from Aurora/Beyond the Professoriate

Did you know? Oregon State University has partnered with Beyond the Professoriate to provide graduate students and postdocs on our campus with on-demand courses and live webinars to help them prepare for nonacademic and academic job searches. All event information can be found at Beyond the Professoriate.

Webinar: Applying for jobs and not hearing back? Here's why.

9 a.m. PST, Jan. 14

Are you one of the thousands of job candidates submitting job applications but not getting an interview? It's time to take a step back and check your strategy.

In this webinar, L. Maren Wood, Ph.D. (Founder of Beyond the Professoriate) talks about what she's learned interviewing Ph.D.'s at Beyond Prof, common mistakes people are making with their resumes and cover letters, and strategies you can take to avoid these costly mistakes.

Learn more and register.

Webinar: How Aurora can help you prepare for a job search in 2022.

9 a.m. PST, Jan. 19

Login to Aurora and then Register for the webinar.

Through self-paced courses and live webinars in Aurora, you'll learn how to launch a successful job search after your Ph.D. or Postdoc. Aurora has resources for graduate students interested in academic or nonacademic careers.

After attending this presentation, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the challenges Ph.D.'s face in their job search.
  • Find the resources in Aurora that can help you.
  • Apply tips and strategies to confidently begin your career exploration and job search.

Webinar: Leaving academia? Here's what you need to do to prepare.

9 a.m. PST, Jan. 28

Leaving academia and unsure how to prepare? All graduate students and Ph.D.'s are invited to join L. Maren Wood, Ph.D. (Founder of Beyond the Professoriate) for this interactive webinar so you can be confident in your decision and knowledgeable about the steps you need to take.

Learn more and register.